Trump at the CIA: the Orwellian World of Alternative Facts

There have been presidential administrations (Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush) that have worked to politicize intelligence, and there have been CIA leaders (William Casey and Robert Gates as well as George Tenet and John McLaughlin) who have cooperated with these efforts.  In doing so, these intelligence officials created integrity and credibility problems for the CIA, which are once again at hand.  Indeed, President Donald Trump’s self-aggrandizing and egomaniacal performance at CIA Headquarters on January 21 marked a new low in presidential efforts to politicize the most controversial agency in the intelligence community.

Read the entire article at CounterPunch: http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/24/trump-at-the-cia-the-orwellian-world-of-alternative-facts/

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